> So, my question to you is "why" and "when"? Why is government so
> thoroughly, openly, and indeed, unashamedly abrogating its historical
> responsibility for protecting the interests of its citizens?
Its certainly doing a good job of protecting the interests of a few of
them and ignoring the rest.
> 2. Can it be as simple as campaign contributions/political influence?
> This seems implausible in countries with short campaign windows and
> correspondingly modest opportunities for explicit corruption, yet
> this same phenomenon seems to pertain globally, regardless of the
> density of lobbyists per elected official.
Contributions can be wafted abroad from country to country through hidden
channels - this has certainly been in the news in the past - all the more
reason to vote intelligently. For me its demopublicans vs Libertarians .
I'll vote L.
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